I’m gradually getting back into the swing of normal life (whatever that is!) and still catching up on blog posts. When Jono was at his Pokemon Tournament I got to go on a San Francisco Food Tour.
One thing I find when I go anywhere is that it’s great to go on a tour run by local people. This was no exception, we were greeted by Blandina, a very colourful, interesting lady. She took us around her home of North Beach (also known as Little Italy), San Francisco and shared some of her favourite places with us.
We more or less ate our way through the three hour tour! We also got to visit some really interesting shops, meet some great people and of course taste the fabulous food. The area is quite different to most places in San Francisco, in that they don’t allow chains of restaurants in. Every place is locally owned and most have been there for years.
We also got to hear some of the history of the place and even saw the church were Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe weren’t married in. Yes you read right, because they had already been married they weren’t allowed to marry in the church but they did pose for their photos on the steps outside.
I loved the barber salon we walked past, it was full of shelves and shelves of books. Such a cool idea.
I also loved the tribute to the two dogs who used to live in the area.
Biordi was a very interesting shop to visit, they import Italian Ceramics and the shop was so colourful and inviting. We also paid a visit to Macchiarini Design where you can make your own coin as a memento of your trip or they will make something unique for you.
As always I took way too many photos which you can see here. Sincere thanks to Tom for letting me tag along with the tour, it was very interesting and I’d recommend it to anyone visiting San Francisco. For more details their website is here or check out San Francisco Travel for details of this and other suggestions.